Thousands of households in the Dickson electorate will benefit from the first phase roll out now that the NBN is back on track.
Lawnton, Brendale, Warner and Joyner have been prioritised for superfast broadband upgrades.
NBN Co and Telstra have reached an agreement on an expanded program to plan, design and construct fibre-to-the-node high speed broadband.
The Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said the exact number of premises to be covered in this roll out would be announced once planning and design work is completed.
“The project will provide much needed relief for the Dickson electorate which has had poor broadband infrastructure,” Mr Dutton said.
“The first connections to high speed services are expected to happen next year.”
Mr Dutton said the prioritization of areas in Dickson was part of the Abbott Government’s ongoing reform of the NBN project, to ensure that superfast broadband can be rolled out sooner, more cost effectively and targets underserved areas.
“We have taken the steps to get this project on track after so many years of misinformation and frustration.
“These upgrades will revolutionise the way people connect in their homes and businesses.
“It is vitally important we don’t waste another four years waiting for these upgrades,” Mr Dutton said.
The top available downloads speeds will be around 25 times faster than current average fixed line broadband connections to households.
These speeds would allow more than ten high definition television shows to be streamed to a single household or business at the same time.
A three minute YouTube video could be uploaded in 42 seconds, compared to 20 minutes on current ADSL connections.
Under the joint NBN/Telstra project around 200,000 premises will be passed by fibre-to-the-node nationally, including a high proportion that were classified as being underserved in the Government’s ‘MyBroadband’ study.
The NBN Co and Telstra will cooperate to design, plan and construct the fibre to the node network. Once construction is complete, the NBN Co will cooperate with industry to finalise the design of FTTN products and connect end-users.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the reform of the NBN project has resulted in a sharp increase in construction activity.
“We went to the election promising to get the NBN project done sooner and at less cost,” Mr Turnbull said. “We are delivering on that promise”.
Since the election, the NBN Co has expanded its fibre network in existing neighbourhoods to cover 385,000 premises, an increase of 86 per cent. Work has begun on the fibre to the premises network in areas covering 447,000 premises.
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